2017-05-17 / Front Page

Spring Music Fest this Saturday

By Diana Royal

This year, expect nothing less than a three-genre spectacular. Organizers say Spring Music Fest is going to be the best yet.

The event, now in its seventh year and presented by the Waynesboro Exchange Club and William Mizell Ford, is set for this Saturday, May 20, at the Exchange Club fairgrounds on Manau Lane.

Gates open at 5 p.m. and the night promises an array of tunes from beach music to country and rock ‘n’ roll.

Crowd favorite Rhonda McDaniel kicks off the show at 7 p.m., bringing her talents back to Waynesboro and proving why she’s held the title of Carolina Beach Music Awards Female Vocalist of the Year for nine consecutive years.

Daniel Johnson will follow McDaniel’s performance at 8 p.m. The Thomson native has opened shows for a slew of stars, including Darius Rucker, Craig Morgan and Cole Swindell, wowing audiences with melodies of southern rock and modern country.

At 9:45, Pitboss is scheduled to rock the stage. Dubbed as “one of the number one party bands of the southeast,” their playlist boasts everything from Bon Jovi to Metallica.

Taking suggestions from past attendees into account, concert committee chairman Danny Bonnell said they’ve added even more entertainment to keep the crowd pumped during band intermissions. Augusta’s own DJ Richie Rich will be mixing and scratching between sets, using his 20 years of experience to deliver Top 40, old school and hip-hop songs, to name a few.

“This is gonna be a great show,” Bonnell said, adding that the giant dance floor and community-beloved Mickey Stewart as emcee just tops off the impressive lineup. “People will be talking about this one. Don’t be the person who didn’t come!”

Advance tickets may be purchased for $20 at etix.com, at Queensborough National Bank in Waynesboro or at any Southern Bank location. Fairgrounds parking is $10 per vehicle. Gate admission is $25 the day of the show, and children under 36 inches tall get in for free.

Proceeds from this event help the Exchange Club provide scholarships to local students as well as financial support for a variety of community events and other organizations.

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